Pan was the Greek god of nature. He was a man from waist up
except for pointy ears at the top of his head and shaggy hair
around his face. Below his waist he had the body of a goat
just like a satyr. His father was Hermes and his mother was
a nymph. When Pan was born and his mother saw him for the
first time, she screamed and ran away because he was so strange-looking.
Hermes, however, was pleased with his son's odd appearance
and took him up to Olympus to see the other gods.
All of the Olympians loved Pan. He stayed in the forests
and danced with the satyrs and nymphs. He was notorious
for chasing nymphs such as Echo and Syrinx and loved to
play on his shepherd pipes. When Pan was moody, he would
sit alone in a cave and scream terribly at whoever went
by. He would cause the passersby to have an irrational fear
that was known as panic after the god himself.